While in Bocas Province I collected a few more myths and legends
- In D’s community they say there is an internet video of Uracca’s head being cut off. Uracca lived in the 1500’s and is a Gnäbe hanbdero who fought the Spanish. They believe that doctors are sterilizing women. Before Columbus they say the Gnäbes lived in houses made of gold. If a fish bone gets stuck in your throat, rub a cat across your throat and the bone will be dislodged. If a monkey scares your child, cut some hair off a monkey’s head, back and tail and burn it under your child’s nose.
From a volunteer in the Darien:
- Demonic possession is not uncommon. Just about every plant can cure cancer; they do not have a precise understanding of what cancer it. His community is home to a race of super intelligent subterranean people who wear green clothes. They come out at night to steal things and cause mischief. Their feet are backwards- they leave backwards footprints. They do not eat, just smell the food and then discard it. Madre de aqua- a human like creature who lives in the water, who grabs and then eats you. There are also ‘duendes,’ elfs, who are always around water. They harass people, especially children.